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USDA Invests $1.4 Billion to Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure

The USDA announced $1.4 billion in USDA loan guarantees to improve the delivery of electric power to rural communities in 21 states. The announcement includes $106 million for smart grid technologies and $3 million for renewable energy programs and systems.

USDA Releases New "Made in Rural America" Report

The USDA announced a new state-by-state report illustrating the impact of USDA investments in rural communities. 

State Unemployment Rate Up Slightly in September

Iowa Workforce Development agency reports the state’s unemployment rate rose to 4.6 percent in September from 4.5 percent in August.

Federal Budget Overview for 2014

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the federal government ran a budget deficit of $589 billion for the first 11 months of fiscal year 2014.

Congress Approves Continuing Budget Resolution

With the end of the federal fiscal year nearing, the U.S. House and Senate approved a continuing resolution to extend funding for the federal government through December 11, 2014.

Iowa Rural Power Candidate Forum Invitation

Join us Tuesday, Sept 30.

White House Rural Council Announces $10 Billion Infrastructure Fund

The fund will allow a wide variety of new participants, including pension funds, endowments, foundations, and other institutional investors that have not traditionally had access to these markets to invest in rural development.

DOE Funds Carbon Capture Retrofit

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provided $167 million toward the first commercial-scale carbon capture retrofit project on an existing coal-fired power plant in the U.S.

Iowa Great Places Program Funding Available

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs will begin accepting applications August 29 from communities and regions seeking state grants under the Iowa Great Places program.

U.S. Senate Confirms Two FERC Nominees

The U.S. Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s appointment of Norman Bay and Cheryl LaFleur to the 5-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) earlier this month.

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